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San Francisco Beer Week Returns In February For Its 10th Year

San Francisco Beer Week 2018

The bay area raises its 10th annual toast to craft beer creativity and community with San Francisco Beer Week 2018. For full details, see below.

For the 10th year, visitors from around the world will join locals from the greater Bay Area to celebrate SF Beer Week—10 days of beer tastings, dinners, festivals, tours and educational events exploring beer culture in the region where the craft beer renaissance was born—from Friday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. At 10, it’s one of the longest-running regional craft beer events of its kind.

The week kicks off with the SF Beer Week Opening Gala, a destination festival set for Friday, Feb. 9, at Pier 35 (1454 The Embarcadero, SF).   The Opening Gala, the region’s largest beer tasting event of the season, brings the beer community together. Local brewing legends – as well as new talent shaking up the scene this year – mingle with beer lovers sampling brews on the SF Bay waterfront. Rare beers, multi-brewery collaborations and near-legendary seasonal favorites provide tasty motivations to attend. Tickets are available throug sfbeerweek.org  

The SF Beer Week website already offers scores of enticing craft beer events. The calendar will continue to blossom, adding hundreds of beer-centric listings until the February extravaganza commences. The variety of the events is already fascinating. 

  • On Saturday, Feb. 10 at The Bistro, in Hayward, the 17th Annual Double IPA Festival, the first professional competition exclusively for big, hoppy beers, serves scores of double and triple IPAs, presents live bands and awards coveted medals.
  • Meanwhile, across the bay at Hong Kong Lounge, in SF, Fort Point’s Dim Sum Beer Brunch matches up soup dumplings, Peking duck and many more Dim Sum cuisine classics with Fort Point’s fresh local beers, all for a local nonprofit.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 brings Sour Sunday, at Jupiter and Triple Rock Brewing, Berkeley, pouring sour and barrel-aged brews, including rare cult favorites from both the Old and New World, plus exciting sour scene newcomers.  
  • The Valentine's Day Beerwalk around downtown Campbell on the 14th coordinates five local watering holes where you can taste five stouts paired with five local sweets. Stroll to any venue or circle round to check out all five.
  • On Saturday evening, Feb. 17, the Celebrator Beer News 30th Anniversary Party comes to Berkeley’s Trumer Brewery. Enjoy beers from 30 brewers with food included, in support of the California Craft Brewers Association.

And there will be others.  Starting with 140 events in 2009, last year’s SF Beer Week convened over 900 creative events in venues from Monterey County to Sonoma, and all around San Francisco Bay, delighting and informing thousands of curious attendees. 

“Throughout the years, SF Beer Week has built social connections, empowered the community economically, challenged the creativity of brewers and chefs, and heightened our respect for the quality craft beer being produced right in our backyard,”says Joanne Marino, Executive Director of the San Francisco Brewers Guild, the regional group that puts on SF Beer Week.  “But most important are all the great experiences to be had, sharing these amazing beers.” 

All eyes will be on sfbeerweek.org as Beer Week 2018 approaches.


San Francisco Beer Week Opening Gala
WHAT:  The SF Beer Week Opening Gala kicks off the Bay Area’s 10th annual celebration of craft beer creativity. Featuring the most Northern California independent breweries to pour under one roof, this destination event is known for brewery collaborations, one-off creations, cult classics and the first festival appearances for intriguing new brewers on the scene.

WHERE:  Pier 35, 1454 The Embarcadero, SF.
WHEN:  Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
HOURS:  5:00 p.m VIP Access / 6:00 p.m. General Admission
TICKETS: $120.00 VIP (Includes early access to tasting) /  $80.00 General
TIX and MORE INFO: sfbeerweek.org

About the San Francisco Brewers Guild
Founded in 2004, the San Francisco Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization for the region’s independent craft breweries.  “Our mission is to preserve the Greater Bay Area's brewing heritage; advocate on behalf of our members; partner with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries; educate the greater public; and unite those who make local beer with those who love it.”